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2015
Koomilya
'DC Block'
Shiraz
McLaren Vale

2015
Koomilya
'DC Block'
Shiraz
McLaren Vale

A Single block Shiraz from 80-year-old vines off of the DC Block. Hand harvested on the 10th of February. The fruit, which spent 10 days on skins with the hard pressings removed, was then transferred to stainless steel until early May where fermentation occurred naturally. The wine was then moved to puncheons for malolactic fermentation and maturation. Bottled on the 28th June 2016, spending a total of 14 months in oak.

2015 was a warm, dry spring that transitioned into an early summer, though preceded by an abnormally cool January and February. This allowed the grapes to develop intense fruit flavors and with a hot and dry harvest, excellent color and tannin.

A captivating wine that marries the best of the region’s supple, approachable shiraz style with a wealth of detail and astutely assembled tannin structure. The nose is bathed in ripe red berries, delivering a very nicely curated array of earthy and sweetly spicy complexity. The palate has a seductive allure as it is very supple and packed with fleshy, ripe red plums. The tannins are suspended in helix-like form and wrapped around a long core of plush, deep blackberries, red and dark plums. Deeper chocolate and plums to close.

  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Varietal: 100% Shiraz
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Vineyard: Koomilya Vineyard - DC Block
  • Vine Age: 80 years old
  • Yield: 1.2 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Ironstone & Gravelly Loam
  • TA: 5.6 grams per liter
  • pH: 3.68
  • Alcohol: 14.1%
  • Oak: 14 months in neutral French puncheon
  • Production: 200 cases
Winery & Regional Information
MCLAREN VALE

John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young laborer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it... Learn More »

KOOMILYA

MCLAREN VALE

At only 15-years-old, Stephen Pannell had wandered off from his family and found himself meandering across the diving end of the Busselton Jetty, standing on the tipping point of the rolling Margaret River. It was there where Steve, full of youth and wonder, plucked an old blemished bell from the sea whilst scuba diving; instantly drawn to it’s curiosity as if it called to him. In a different time, the bell would reveal itself as an object belonging to a ship from the early 1900’s, the SS Koomilya. A wood-lugger that journeyed regularly between Western Australia and South Australia, and... Learn More »

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